School children join Broadland Remembers commemorations

Brenda Gostling Broadland Remembers
Pupils from Rackheath Primary School with Brenda Gostling for Broadland Remembers

Published: Monday, 12th November 2018

As part of Broadland Remembers, children from Rackheath Primary School took part in a special reading of 'Sister Poppy at the Front' with Norfolk author, Brenda Gostling.

The book covers a day in the life of Sister Poppy, a hare who is a nurse on the front line during the First World War. The children, aged eight and nine, also took part in a Poppy making class in tribute to those killed by the conflict.

The reading and workshop took place at Whitwell and Reepham Railway Station which is home to Broadland Remembers - a week-long event organised by Broadland District Council to pay tribute to the World War One centenary.

Open until Friday 16th November, Broadland Remembers includes an exhibition and other activities, including expert talks and workshops, to highlight the efforts made by the people of Broadland during the First World War and how the conflict affected local people.

Chris Ashman, Headteacher at Rackheath Primary School, said:

“We were delighted for some of our pupils to take part in the Broadland Remembers commemorations. The centenary of the First World War is a time for reflection and it was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about how the conflict affected people.”

Brenda Gostling, author of Sister Poppy at the Front, said:

 "I hope that the story of Sister Poppy helped the children understand the enormous part that those who served in the First World War played in the world we live in today - I think it's vital that children are told about this important part in our history."

Cllr Judy Leggett, Chairman of Broadland District Council, added:

“We were proud to offer this workshop as part of Broadland Remembers. Literature connected with the First World War has provided a lasting legacy in Broadland and beyond and we are pleased to pay tribute to that."

For more information on Broadland Remembers please visit our webpage.

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